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Exonerated beating suspect wants judge to ‘do the right thing’

July 29, 2011 |  4:22 pm

Giovanniramirez Giovanni Ramirez, the exonerated suspect in the beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium, issued a statement Friday saying he is "upset" at being wrongly accused.

Ramirez was arrested in May and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck had said he was confident police had arrested the right man. But Ramirez was never charged.

"More than anything, I'm upset. Not for myself, but for the grief and embarrassment that my friends, family, and loved ones have been put through," Ramirez said in a statement released by his attorney.

Ramirez was on parole for a firearms possession conviction. During a search of the apartment where he was arrested, police found a gun under a mound of clothes in a laundry basket and the parole board concluded that Ramirez violated his parole by having "access to the firearm" and ordered that he serve 10 months in prison.

His attorney filed court papers Wednesday asking a judge to order his release from prison. The court filing accuses the Beck of participating in a "rush to judgment" when he told reporters that Ramirez was responsible for the attack on Stow.

"Everyone is asking what I am going to do next," Ramirez said in his statement. "My only focus and attention is with the writ that has been filed this week. I know the judge in the superior court will do the right thing."

The investigation into the assault took a major turn last week when police exonerated Ramirez and arrested two new suspects. Louis Sanchez, 29, and Marvin Norwood, 30, have been charged with assault and mayhem in connection with Stow's beating.

Police said they were able to identify the men based in part on their unruly behavior at the March 31 game and after they bragged to co-workers about their fights. Police sources said they have cellphones and photos that place the men at the game.

In addition, the men were implicated by Dorene Sanchez, Norwood's wife or long-term partner and Louie Sanchez's sister, the sources said. Dorene Sanchez was arrested as an accessory to the crime, but has not been charged. She appeared before a Los Angeles County grand jury last Friday.


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-- Joel Rubin

Photo: Giovanni Ramirez

Credit: Associated Press